Acupuncture and the menopause
Menopause. Whether we want to or not, sooner or later every woman has to deal with this. For some, this passes without symptoms, but unfortunately for many women, this is a period with symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, mood swings and fatigue.
Many women think that symptoms “just come with the menopause,” which is absolutely not true!
That acupuncture has good results with this is not known to everyone.
Hot flashes and night sweats
Hot flashes and night sweats are the most common symptoms during menopause. They are often accompanied by feelings of agitation and irritation. A (rapid) decrease in estrogen and progesterone is the cause of this.
In Chinese medicine, these transitional symptoms are referred to as heat symptoms, often caused by a Kidney-yin void. In addition to hot flashes and night sweats, this can cause symptoms such as palpitations, agitation, feeling nervous or other mood swings.
Chinese medicine is all about energy and keeping it flowing smoothly. You can imagine that if there is a shortage of energy somewhere or energy is stagnant that this process is disrupted. This causes complaints, which in turn can cause stress or irritation that will increase complaints even more.
Acupuncture is particularly suited to break this process so that hormone balance will recover, energy can circulate again and low energy can be nourished. As a result, symptoms will disappear.
There are a number of factors that can exacerbate menopause symptoms;
– diet (fat, coffee, alcohol, sugars)
– too little exercise
By paying attention to this yourself and being aware of it, you can also do a lot yourself to reduce the symptoms.